There, I said it.
Was I the only one who laughed out loud when Michael Cole delivered that line with a straight face as JR and Booker rolled their eyes at him?
Before I begin, I’d like to thank Pulse Glazer and Widro for adding me to the sidebar. Sniffle. I feel like I truly belong!
As I stated last week, I believe that the conspiracy angle will come to a head at Sunday’s PPV. Del Rio will walk out of the show as the new WWE Champion thanks to the machinations of Johnny Ace and his cohorts, The Miz and R-Truth.
Triple H will most assuredly get involved, but so will the heels who decided to use David Otunga’s legal counsel and get their revenge on the COO. All of this will lead to a revelation on Monday Night Raw that Johnny Ace either has more power than he’s let on or that Triple H will be downgraded in some way. Hell, this could lead to an “Age of Heels” in the WWE where the baddies get all the breaks and the faces get screwed over consistently. How’s that for an epic angle?
However, on the other side of the coin this storyline reeks of “InVasion.” Without a main event heel to carry Ace’s stable, there may be issues with believability (I know, in wrestling, right?) since the opposing force would include Randy Orton, John Cena, CM Punk, and Sheamus. Ten years ago, the WWE had to turn Stone Cold heel just to make the Alliance a threat. Many believe either Cena or Punk will turn, but I’m not so sure.
What about Randall Keith Orton?
Is it any more of a stretch than saying Punk or Cena will turn? I don’t think so.
I don’t see it being Punk. Many are claiming that his rise is similar to that of The Rock. Just as Rock had gotten the fans behind him, he joined the Corporation. I can’t picture a repeat performance with Punk, even though they’ve pulled the “anti-establishment guy makes a deal with the devil” card before.
Cena, while it would be awesome to finally get that heel turn, is a no-go. He is teaming up with The Rock at Survivor Series and facing him in what would most likely be a face vs face match at Wrestlemania.
Actually…Survivor Series is known for its screwjobs……..could they really have Cena turn heel then and cost his team? That possibility is quite entertaining, but with The Rock disappearing again until Mania, I just don’t see it.
I’d LOVE to be there for a Cena heel turn, but again, I don’t think the ‘E would pull the trigger on that.
Now, Orton has a history (quite the negative history, at that) with The Game. In promos for the past few months, references have been made to Orton’s attempts at destroying Triple H’s life and The Game has sort of pushed those comments to the side. What if Ace succeeds in turning Orton heel and leads him with the new Corporation? Tell me that wouldn’t be an awesome idea!
Of course, we’d have to suspend disbelief since Mark Henry and Cody Rhodes (not to mention Christian) have beef with the Viper, but heel turns often lead to guys who’ve just feuded with one another finding a reason to coexist.
As for the rest of the PPV card, Beth Phoenix HAS TO WIN or else this entire feud makes no sense. I get that the company is trying to legitimize Kelly Kelly, but two fluke wins in a row have not shown she is the better wrestler. Give the Glamazon the freakin’ belt!
Look for Mark Henry to retain against Orton thanks to Cody Rhodes, Sheamus to plow through Christian on his way to a confrontation with Mark Henry, two Sin Caras battling it out in the most confusing match ever, and most likely a valiant effort by Zack Ryder to take the United States Championship but ultimately fail.
Anyone else catch Ric Flair on The Cleveland Show last Sunday? Pretty funny cameo, but WAAAAAAY too many WOOOOOs for my liking.
When will the Daniel Bryan losing streak end?!
BatisTwo returns…with a new ‘do!
Can someone tell Heath Slater he sucks?
Mike Gojira’s Fave Five
1. CM Punk: Right back to the top of my list this week! I loved hearing Punk on commentary again and he had a pretty decent match with del Rio to boot. We thankfully were not oversaturated with his mic skills so that was also refreshing.
2. Dolph Ziggler: Everything from Dolph’s swagger (not Jack) to his mannerisms when he sells a beating shows how ready this guy is to be a prime-time player. He really gets the nuances down pat; it’s a shame he’s still saddled with Vickie Guerrero.
3. Wade Barrett: I’m glad Wade seems to be coming into his own now. He’s not a cheating heel, as evidenced by his defeat of Daniel Bryan at Summerslam and his win over Justin Gabriel last week, which can instantly help his credibility. Why do they keep referring to him as a former bare knuckles champion if he’s not showing any evidence of it?
4. Mark Henry: Mark continues to dominate the main event scene and will continue to do so until Sheamus dethrones him. It’s about time the company finally figured out how to use him.
5. Zack Ryder: Woo woo woo! Looks like Santino’s out of a job. We’ve got our new comedy relief in Long Island Iced Z. I don’t see him as a serious threat to anyone, but at least he’ll get a steady paycheck for a long time.
Let me know what you think of my “Orton as Corporate Shill” idea in the comments below.
So long, and thanks for all the fish.
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